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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927079/new-use-of-microsatellite-instability-analysis-in-endometrial-cancer
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Haruko Kunitomi, Kouji Banno, Megumi Yanokura, Takashi Takeda, Moito Iijima, Kanako Nakamura, Miho Iida, Masataka Adachi, Keiko Watanabe, Yusuke Matoba, Yusuke Kobayashi, Eiichiro Tominaga, Daisuke Aoki
The increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes due to changes in diet, earlier menarche, delayed menopause, late marriage, and declining birth rate have resulted in an increase in the number of endometrial cancer cases over the last few decades. Although surgical therapy is sufficient for early endometrial cancer, there is no effective therapy for patients with advanced and recurrent endometrial cancer. The oncogenic mechanism of endometrial cancer involves microsatellite instability (MSI) caused by dysfunction of DNA mismatch repair genes in 30% of patients...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927025/repurposing-itraconazole-for-the-treatment-of-cancer
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Rachel Pounds, Sarah Leonard, Christopher Dawson, Sean Kehoe
The repurposing of drugs is becoming increasingly attractive as it avoids the lengthy process and cost implications associated with bringing a novel drug to market. Itraconazole is a broad-spectrum anti-fungal agent. An emerging body of in vivo, in vitro and clinical evidence have confirmed that it also possesses antineoplastic activities and has a synergistic action when combined with other chemotherapeutic agents. It acts via several mechanisms to prevent tumour growth, including inhibition of the Hedgehog pathway, prevention of angiogenesis, decreased endothelial cell proliferation, cell cycle arrest and induction of auto-phagocytosis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926592/polish-physicians-cooperation-with-the-pharmaceutical-industry-and-its-potential-impact-on-public-health
#3
Marta Makowska
OBJECTIVE: This article aims to describe how Polish physicians cooperate with the pharmaceutical industry and show how this relationship may pose a threat to public health. METHODS: It considers the results of an online survey of 379 physicians. The survey was hosted by surveymonkey.com with links from a Polish physicians' website (Medycyna Praktyczna) between 29 October 2013 and 31 December 2013. The sample was purposive, respondents having to be physicians working in Poland...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926562/generics-for-the-treatment-of-hepatitis-c-in-monoinfected-and-hiv-coinfected-patients-pros-and-cons
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Dario Cattaneo, Alessandro Fossati, Chiara Resnati, Massimo Galli, Cristina Gervasoni
The treatment of hepatitis C virus in monoinfected and HIV-coinfected patients has greatly changed over recent years as a result of the introduction of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs), which have revolutionized clinical outcomes and led to sustained virological response rates above 90-95%. The discovery of new molecules and the subsequent competition between pharmaceutical companies, together with the negotiated price policies pursued by many national health systems, have led to a gradual reduction in the cost of DAAs, and expand their use to an increasing number of patients, including those with mild liver damage...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926561/mechanisms-of-accelerated-liver-fibrosis-in-hiv-hcv-coinfection
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Theofilos Chrysanthidis, Georgia Loli, Simeon Metallidis, Georgios Germanidis
Although there is evidence that HCV progresses rapidly in HIV/HCV coinfected patients in comparison with HCV monoinfected, the HIV-, HCV- and host/genetic-related factors, as well as the exact mechanisms implicated in this process are not fully elucidated. Furthermore, cure of HCV in those coinfected seems possible with the new antiviral drugs, but high cost as well as insufficient identification, linkage with care and treatment hamper the achievement of this goal. Research on the subject, could reveal an important prognostic marker for the effectiveness of persuasion of patients with HIV/HCV coinfection with a predicted accelerated fibrosis course, in order to facilitate and prioritize, not in terms of guidelines but in the real life situation, their treatment with a medically just framework...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926560/hiv-and-hcv-in-u-s-prisons-and-jails-the-correctional-facility-as-a-bellwether-over-time-for-the-community-s-infections
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Anne C Spaulding, Emeli J Anderson, Mohammed A Khan, Cesar A Taborda-Vidarte, Jennifer A Phillips
Screening and treating correctional populations for HIV and HCV infections is essential to successfully addressing both epidemics in the USA. The prevalence of HIV and HCV infection is high in prisons and jails due to increased rates of incarceration among disproportionately affected groups such as injection drug users. Through a search of the published and grey literature and surveying persons overseeing health programs in prisons, we collected data on efforts to determine prevalence first for HIV and then for HCV...
September 19, 2017: AIDS Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926014/assessing-the-economic-impact-of-an-endemic-disease-the-case-of-mastitis
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H Hogeveen, M Van Der Voort
A large part of the world's resources are used to produce animal products. Efficient use of these resources is important to improve social well-being. Endemic animal diseases decrease production efficiency, because they require a higher level of input to produce the same amount of output or result in a lower output with the same amount of input. The optimal level of production with and without disease differs from farm to farm and depends on varying economic circumstances. Given these difficulties, making an accurate theoretical estimation of the economic impact of endemic diseases is challenging...
April 2017: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925968/recent-progress-in-the-development-of-diagnostic-tests-for-malaria
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REVIEW
Francis D Krampa, Yaw Aniweh, Gordon A Awandare, Prosper Kanyong
The impact of malaria on global health has continually prompted the need to develop effective diagnostic strategies. In malaria endemic regions, routine diagnosis is hampered by technical and infrastructural challenges to laboratories. These laboratories lack standard facilities, expertise or diagnostic supplies; thus, therapy is administered based on clinical or self-diagnosis. There is the need for accurate diagnosis of malaria due to the continuous increase in the cost of medication, and the emergence and spread of drug resistant strains...
September 19, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924630/role-of-in-vitro-release-methods-in-liposomal-formulation-development-challenges-and-regulatory-perspective
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Deepak Solomon, Nilesh Gupta, Nihal S Mulla, Snehal Shukla, Yadir A Guerrero, Vivek Gupta
In the past few years, measurement of drug release from pharmaceutical dosage forms has been a focus of extensive research because the release profile obtained in vitro can give an indication of the drug's performance in vivo. Currently, there are no compendial in vitro release methods designed for liposomes owing to a range of experimental challenges, which has created a major hurdle for both development and regulatory acceptance of liposome-based drug products. In this paper, we review the current techniques that are most often used to assess in vitro drug release from liposomal products; these include the membrane diffusion techniques (dialysis, reverse dialysis, fractional dialysis, and microdialysis), the sample-and-separate approach, the in situ method, the continuous flow, and the modified United States Pharmacopeia methods (USP I and USP IV)...
September 18, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924277/clinical-outcomes-of-prophylactic-platelet-transfusion-in-patients-with-dengue-a-retrospective-study-of-patients-at-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-karachi
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Sher Muhammad Sethi, Ayesha Khalil, Muhammad Rashid Naseem Khan, Adeel Khatri, Asif Jan Muhammad, Ghulam Murtaza
OBJECTIVE: To determine the benefit of prophylactic platelet transfusion on clinical outcomes in patients with dengue fever. METHODS: The retrospective cohort study was conducted at Patel Hospital, Karachi, and comprised record of patients fulfilling World Health Organisation's diagnostic criteria for dengue between 2009 and 2015. We excluded patients with known auto-immune thrombocytopenia, isolated infection with a pathogen other than dengue virus, drug-induced thrombocytopenia and patients requiring therapeutic transfusion...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924089/synthesis-of-chirally-pure-enantiomers-by-lipase
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Kamal Kumar Bhardwaj, Reena Gupta
Pure enantiomers can be produced by chemical and enzymatic methods. Enzymatic methods to produce pure enantiomers are more advantageous. High enantiomeric excess is the advantage of enzymatic method, resulting from the inherent selectivity of the enzyme. Lipase (EC 3.1.1.3) enzymes are widely used for the synthesis of chirally pure enantiomers because of their stereoselectivities which can satisfy the growing demand for obtaining optically active compounds. Various methods are used for the synthesis of chirally pure enantiomers, however kinetic resolution and asymmetric synthesis are more common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923914/new-ultrasound-techniques-promise-further-advances-in-aki-and-ckd
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REVIEW
Travis D Hull, Anupam Agarwal, Kenneth Hoyt
AKI and CKD are important clinical problems because they affect many patients and the associated diagnostic and treatment paradigms are imperfect. Ultrasound is a cost-effective, noninvasive, and simple imaging modality that offers a multitude of means to improve the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of both AKI and CKD, especially considering recent advances in this technique. Ultrasound alone can attenuate AKI and prevent CKD by stimulating the splenic cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway. Additionally, microbubble contrast agents are improving the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound for diagnosing kidney disease, especially when these agents are conjugated to ligand-specific mAbs or peptides, which make the dynamic assessment of disease progression and response to treatment possible...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923757/clinical-practice-and-infrastructure-review-of-fecal-microbiota-transplantation-for-clostridium-difficile-infection
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REVIEW
Brendan J Kelly, Pablo Tebas
A significant proportion of C. difficile infection (CDI) cases recur after completion of antibiotic therapy, and antibiotic cure rates diminish with each recurrence of CDI. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is an effective therapy for recurrent FMT, which otherwise requires prolonged or indefinite antibiotic treatment. FMT is performed by introducing the fecal microbial community obtained from a healthy donor or pool of donors into the stomach, small intestine, or colon of a patient with CDI. Multiple clinical trials support the utility of FMT in treating recurrent CDI, and CDI treatment guidelines now include consideration of FMT at the third CDI recurrence...
September 15, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923278/can-adjunctive-therapies-augment-the-efficacy-of-endovascular-thrombolysis-a-potential-role-for-activated-protein-c
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REVIEW
Arun Paul Amar, Abhay P Sagare, Zhen Zhao, Yaoming Wang, Amy R Nelson, John H Griffin, Berislav V Zlokovic
In the management of acute ischemic stroke, vessel recanalization correlates with functional status, mortality, cost, and other outcome measures. Thrombolysis with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator has many limitations that restrict its applicability, but recent advances in the development of mechanical thrombectomy devices as well as improved systems of stroke care have resulted in greater likelihood of vessel revascularization. Nonetheless, there remains substantial discrepancy between rates of recanalization and rates of favorable outcome...
September 15, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923211/nivolumab-and-pembrolizumab-monoclonal-antibodies-against-programmed-cell-death-1-pd-1-that-are-interchangeable
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REVIEW
Vinay Prasad, Victoria Kaestner
Nivolumab (Opdivo, Bristol Meyer Squibb, New York, NY) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck, Kenilworth, NJ) are the first two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved monoclonal antibodies targeting programmed death-1 (PD-1). Nivolumab and pembrolizumab work by interfering with the interaction between PD-1 and programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), whose unimpeded interaction downregulates T cells allowing cancer cells to evade immune surveillance. These drugs have earned a series of FDA approvals for melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), urothelial cancer, classical Hodgkin lymphoma, and renal cell cancer...
April 2017: Seminars in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923054/a-novel-method-for-extracting-nucleic-acids-from-dried-blood-spots-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-low-density%C3%A2-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax%C3%A2-infections
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Kayvan Zainabadi, Matthew Adams, Zay Yar Han, Hnin Wai Lwin, Kay Thwe Han, Amed Ouattara, Si Thura, Christopher V Plowe, Myaing M Nyunt
BACKGROUND: Greater Mekong Subregion countries are committed to eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2025. Current elimination interventions target infections at parasite densities that can be detected by standard microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). More sensitive detection methods have been developed to detect lower density "asymptomatic" infections that may represent an important transmission reservoir. These ultrasensitive polymerase chain reaction (usPCR) tests have been used to identify target populations for mass drug administration (MDA)...
September 18, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922979/a-review-of-drug-drug-interactions-in-older-hiv-infected-patients
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Aarthi Chary, Nancy N Nguyen, Kimberly Maiton, Mark Holodniy
The number of older HIV-infected people is growing due to increasing life expectancies resulting from the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART). Both HIV and aging increase the risk of other comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and some malignancies, leading to greater challenges in managing HIV with other conditions. This results in complex medication regimens with the potential for significant drug-drug interactions and increased morbidity and mortality. Area covered: We review the metabolic pathways of ART and other medications used to treat medical co-morbidities, highlight potential areas of concern for drug-drug interactions, and where feasible, suggest alternative approaches for treating these conditions as suggested from national guidelines or articles published in the English language...
September 19, 2017: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922964/oral-treprostinil-in-the-treatment-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Jeremy Feldman, Naomi Habib, John Radosevich, Mohan Dutt
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease resulting in progressive remodeling of the pulmonary vasculature and eventual right ventricular failure. Despite the development of 13 therapies for PAH since 2000, the use of continuously infused prostanoids retains a special role. Infused medications present unique challenges, and the search for an efficacious oral prostanoid culminated in the FDA approval of oral treprostinil - a first in class oral prostanoid medication approved to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)...
September 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922418/detecting-and-confirming-residual-hotspots-of-lymphatic-filariasis-transmission-in-american-samoa-8-years-after-stopping-mass-drug-administration
#19
Colleen L Lau, Sarah Sheridan, Stephanie Ryan, Maureen Roineau, Athena Andreosso, Saipale Fuimaono, Joseph Tufa, Patricia M Graves
The Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) aims to eliminate the disease as a public health problem by 2020 by conducting mass drug administration (MDA) and controlling morbidity. Once elimination targets have been reached, surveillance is critical for ensuring that programmatic gains are sustained, and challenges include timely identification of residual areas of transmission. WHO guidelines encourage cost-efficient surveillance, such as integration with other population-based surveys. In American Samoa, where LF is caused by Wucheraria bancrofti, and Aedes polynesiensis is the main vector, the LF elimination program has made significant progress...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921820/systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-on-the-relative-efficacy-of-osteoporotic-medications-men-with-prostate-cancer-on-continuous-androgen-deprivation-therapy%C3%A2-to-reduce-risk-of-fragility-fractures
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REVIEW
Yeesha Poon, Petros Pechlivanoglou, Shabbir M H Alibhai, David Naimark, Jeffrey S Hoch, Emmanuel Papadimitropoulos, Mary-Ellen Hogan, Murray Krahn
BACKGROUND: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is an effective treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, but loss of bone mineral density (BMD) is a major risk factor for fractures. This analysis evaluated the relative effectiveness of osteoporosis treatments using BMD as a surrogate endpoint for fragility fractures in men on continuous ADT. METHOD: We included randomized controlled trials studying bisphosphonates, denosumab, toremifene, and raloxifene in patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer on ADT for review...
September 18, 2017: BJU International
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